Events

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, as long as it is calm out. However, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

This is acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Tunes are those that are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended to provide a musical home for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages (see venue for 21+ restrictions) and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, as long as it is calm out. However, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

The Kings County Fiber Festival returns to OSH for an eighth year! Join us for this celebration of the handmade.

We’re proud to host a curated selection of vendors who will showcase their fine fiber arts and supplies for sale along the park on 5th Avenue and 3rd and 4th Streets. Workshop offerings will include “Arm Knitting”, and a “Fleece to Shawl Challenge”, and an artist demonstration by Tahir Carl Karmali & Jessi Highnet in partnership with the No More Water exhibition at OSH. New to the festival this year an artist talk and live exhibit with crochet artist Nassat_Nation who has a Sargent Pepper fashion style.

This year is also the 2nd annual “Make Warm Hats for the Homeless” hat drive, last year we distributed over 400 hats to two soup kitchens and an LGBTQ shelter. Bring hats to donate!

No More Water brings together emerging artists Tahir Carl Karmali and Justin Sterling to respond to the Old Stone House’s unique space. Both artists use reclaimed and abstracted vernacular materials––including used cell phone batteries and broken windows––to symbolize local and global policies that contribute to inequality and displacement. The title No More Water also implies our current climate emergency (characterized by increased floods, wildfires, and water contamination) and an urgent call for action.

The artists chose No More Water to reference James Baldwin’s 1963 publication The Fire Next Time, which begins and ends with the line, “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time!”, quoting the spiritual Mary Don’t you Weep and alluding to the Old Testament story of God flooding a corrupt earth. The Fire Next Time is considered a galvanizing text for the American Civil Rights movement in its examination of racial injustice and its call for all people of “consciousness” to “change the history of the world.” Situated at OSH in a reconstructed colonial farmhouse and Revolutionary War battleground, Karmali and Sterling’s work helps confront uncomfortable truths of the past and present while also suggesting possibilities for transformation.

Both artists explore the potential and limitations of art’s role in addressing injustice. Karmali describes his installations as “deceptively beautiful or attractive, as an art form, allowing the viewer to savor them as primary material before a layer of trauma (of migration, of displacement, of labor) slowly reveals itself.” He presents new and site-specific work from his ongoing STRATA series, which consists of layered raffia dyed with cobalt extracted from cell phone batteries, referencing traditional Congolese kuba cloth and the exploitation of cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sterling’s sculptures made of broken windows and other urban detritus, by contrast, retain more of their original, sometimes jarring forms, alluding to the controversial policing policy of the same name as well as other forces that contribute to displacement, gentrification, and mass incarceration. Yet they offer myriad “attempts to fix, recycle, or archive” as an alternative to discarding. Both artists metaphorically push back against the destruction of both local communities and our larger environment, while simultaneously placing the viewer in close physical proximity with the impact of this destruction, challenging a “culture of indifference.”

At the August 15 opening at 7pm, Justin Sterling’s opening performance will combine trumpet and movement improvisation to respond to the work on view, also alluding to his roots in New Orleans, an area with a history of natural disasters and rebuilding.

Funding for No More Water is made possible, in part, by the Puffin Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, as long as it is calm out. However, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

Catbear painted in orange with the outline of a house over his heart

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please is one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner.

Each train has its own story, and Catbear experiences all the sights and sounds of New York City before landing home again. Interactive and intimate, this show is ideal for children ages 2-5.

Tickets are available here.

Catbear painted in orange with the outline of a house over his heart

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please is one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner.

Each train has its own story, and Catbear experiences all the sights and sounds of New York City before landing home again. Interactive and intimate, this show is ideal for children ages 2-5.

Tickets are available here.

Musical Ecologies returns to OSH for a seventh season of music and conversation. The season begins with New York-based composer and audio technologist Anastasia Clarke performing her Crushed Matrices project.

Anastasia Clarke (she/they) works in live embodied electronic music performance. Anastasia’s solo and collaborative projects use custom musical instruments and performing systems, functioning as sites for research and meaning-making around the subjects of physical instrument interaction, improvisation, and the healing qualities of sound.

Founded in 2012, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

Admission is $10, advance tickets are available here.

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, as long as it is calm out. However, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.